A collection of all blog posts by Catherine Madden.

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Data storytelling with respect for your audience

Catherine Madden | 05.26.23

Making data visual is an incredible tool for communication, but finding the right way to do so is something we are always interested in refining here at Stamen. In our latest episode of Pollinate, Denise Lu digs into what it means to distill complexity for the news cycle, and in this conversation between Stamen’s Nicolette...

Pollinate Ep. 13- RJ Andrews & The History of Information Graphics

Catherine Madden | 12.08.22

The field of data visualization and information mapping has historical roots that date back far earlier than most people would imagine. Micronesian explorers created navigation charts with sticks and shells for thousands of years before the introduction of electronic navigation technology. Hundreds of years ago, humans had the means to mechanically collect data on everything...

Pollinate Ep 10- Heather Krause and Data Equity 101

Catherine Madden | 09.08.22

Quantitative data can help us understand what is going on in the world in a way that cuts through human error, bias, and injustice…right? Wrong. Heather Krause is a trained mathematical statistician and data scientist who founded We All Count, which aims to align quantitative work with equity values. We had a fascinating discussion for...

Pollinate Ep. 8- Carissa Carter & The Secret Language of Maps

Catherine Madden | 07.14.22

What is a map, even? A cartographer might answer that question with a focus on the geospatial, whereas an information designer might focus on the conceptual. In this episode, author Carissa Carter offers a definition of “map” in her new book The Secret Language of Maps that is somehow broad and very specific at the...

Pollinate Ep. 6- Shirley Wu & Charting Your Own Way

Catherine Madden | 05.12.22

Shirley Wu began creating data visualization for the web shortly after the initial release of D3.js in 2012. She fell in love with the technology after realizing it offered her a way to combine math and art, her two greatest childhood fascinations. After making her way through the steep learning curve with help from the...